Guenther Held Without Bond in Wife's ShootingAP , Associated Press
Mar. 6, 1987 8:57 PM ET
BRIGHTON, COLO. BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) _ A 34-year-old man wanted in the shooting death of his wife and the wounding of her former boss came out of hiding Friday and surrendered, ending a five- day extensive manhunt.
Adams County District Court Judge Harlan Bockman ordered David Guenther held without bond during an initial appearance in the courtroom at the Adams County Jail here.
Last summer, Guenther was cleared of the shooting death of a neighbor woman under Colorado's ''make my day'' law, which allows householders to use deadly force against intruders.
Wearing an orange jail-issue jumpsuit, he remained silent during Friday's hearing.
Guenther is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault in the slaying of his wife, Pamela, and the wounding of her former boss, Stanley Stinson.
They were gunned down outside a Commerce City restaurant Sunday night as the Guenthers' two children watched from a nearby car.
At the time, Guenther was free on $10,000 bond from a Feb. 22 incident in which he held his wife hostage for several hours at her home.
Guenther surrendered to authorities at the urging of his mother, who served as an intermediary between Commerce City police and her son from her Fayetteville, N.C., on Thursday night, police said.
Guenther contacted police about midnight and asked that his public defender, Robert Pepin, meet him when he turned himself in. He called again about 2 a.m. and spoke with Robert Pepin and then surrendered about 4 a.m.
His wife's family also had appealed to Guenther to turn himself in to authorities.
Police Lt. Warren Kerls said police did not know where Guenther had been hiding since the shootings, but said he suspected that he had been within a 50-mile radius.
''We'd been following leads all week,'' he said. ''Everybody was reading (about) it, so we were getting a lot of calls. We would try and follow each one.''
But Kerls said he wasn't sure how close investigators were to tracking Guenther down before the Northglenn resident surrendered.
Pepin, contacted Friday, declined to comment on the case.
The death of Pamela Guenther triggered public outcry against the ''make my day'' law and against the judicial system for releasing Guenther on bail, rather than keeping him in jail.